Skip to comments.The Ruins of the Borscht Belt ( A ghostly chaise at Grossingerís,Concord...)
Posted on 02/19/2014 5:33:36 PM PST by sushiman
I grew up in the mountains or, as others called it, the countryas if no other mountain or country existed. In fact, it was Sullivan County, N.Y., about 90 miles northwest of New York City and an area of the Catskills centered on the town of Monticello that from the 1920s through the 1970s represented a retreat for millions of city-dwellers, predominantly Jewish American. The locale was first developed in the late 1800s with tanneries, lumberyards, and farms that eventually became boarding houses and hotels.
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Dang, my brother worked a summer at Grossinger’s in the Seventies.
A Walk on the Moon is a great (R) coming- of-age movie about a summer at a borscht belt resort in the Catskills at the cusp of many changes. Diane Lan, Liev Schreiber, Viggo Mortensen.
Amazing. I actually assumed all these places still existed. I remember one of my Jewish friends in college had a little clock that looked like a log and had “Grossinger’s” written on it.
once jackie mason is gone schtick will be dead.
Sad it wasn’t kept up, this was a piece of American History. Many performers honed their acts there. When radio, and then television was develped, there was a gold mine of talent already developed from years performing here. Those were the people that made radio and television what it is.
“I actually assumed all these places still existed.”
You can still buy Grossinger’s Rye bread, I was shocked at that photo.
That part of NY is beautiful, superb really. I don’t really understand what happened that these resorts are all ruined now.
I’ve got to watch that someday.
In the first half of the 20th century (and even a bit later), it was not uncommon for hotels and resorts to have “No Jews” policies.
“Dirty Dancing” (1987) was quite a lookback.
Upstate New York is so beautiful. Easy to see why the Catskills & Poconos were such romantic getaways & honeymoon sites.
“When was this? What were the policies?”
There was a lot of discrimination against Jews. I think the movie “Gentleman’s Agreement” is about that. But someone will correct me if I’m wrong.
...from a time when discriminatory policies made it difficult for Jews to travel freely across America
When was this? What were the policies?
In the fifties and sixties, many of our families went to Atlantic City. I still remember the Kosher decals in the windows of many of the eateries.
"School Ties" (with Brendan Fraser) was an updated version of this, I think.
This would be worth seeing if it was simply decay and neglect. But these pictures look like vandalism.
“coming-of-age movie” = a description that should be banned
Uhhhhhhh...where are they?
Why do people always want me to look up words?
That means the same thing. lol.
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